Welcome to the end of another month. I can’t believe that March is over already! It was a busy month as usual, but it was a fun month. I am linking to Best of the Bunch, Feed Your Fiction Addiction’s monthly wrap-up and The Book Date’s Month in Review. So check out what I did in March, my top pick and my most anticipated books of the coming month.
I reviewed twenty seven books this month.
- [1 Mar] The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner ★★★★½
- [2 Mar] Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate ★★★★½
- [3 Mar] The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins ★★★★
- [4 Mar] Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta ★★★
- [5 Mar] Firstlife by Gena Showalter ★★★★½
- [6 Mar] Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer ★★★★
- [7 Mar] Perfectly Broken by Robert Burke Warren ★★★★
- [9 Mar] The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule ★★★★
- [10 Mar] Burning Down the House by Jane Mendelsohn ★★
- [11 Mar] An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel ★★★★½
- [13 Mar] Trust No One by Paul Cleave ★★★★
- [14 Mar] Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl ★★★★
- [16 Mar] The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith ★★★★½
- [17 Mar] Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake ★★★★
- [18 Mar] This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang ★★★★½
- [20 Mar] I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb ★★★½
- [21 Mar] Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan ★★★★
- [22 Mar] My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul ★★★
- [23 Mar] The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan ★★★½
- [24 Mar] Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley ★★★½
- [25 Mar] The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole ★★★
- [26 Mar] Undecided by Julianna Keyes ★★★★
- [27 Mar] Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ★★★★½
- [28 Mar] Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock ★★★
- [29 Mar] Flawed by Cecelia Ahern ★★★★
- [30 Mar] Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs ★★★★
- [31 Mar] Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen ★★★½
This was hands down the best reviewing month I have had since starting 125Pages. I had seven 4 1/2 star books. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate, Firstlife by Gena Showalter, An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel, This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. This also makes this the worst month I have had picking a best of the month. But there was one book that I was wavering between an 4 1/2 star and a 5 star. It was haunting and just fantastic. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire had so many amazing moments in it, so I dub it my March best.
I was able to participate in some fun bookish things this month.
Number one was the Tucson Festival of Books. I met some amazing authors, heard some great panel discussions and picked up a few new reads. See the full run down here.
I participated in an awesome discussion entitled How to Not Piss Off a Book Blogger When Requesting a Review. Go check it out at CinthiaRitchie.com.
I am actively seeking a co-blogger. I am getting a little bogged down between work and life right now, and I have a lot of ideas for 125Pages but need help to make it happen. If you are interested let me know. You can contact me or leave a comment.
I started Saturday Soapbox, a weekly discussion posting and link up.
I hit over 500 blog subscribers! I am so happy that you all come over and seem to enjoy my little corner of the web. I would still review if no one visited, but it is way more fun with you guys. So many, many thanks.
I created a (I think) cute little easter egg on my site. If you comment and find it, please let me know what you think.
I created a tribe on Triberr (Book Bloggers Unite). It is a service to help and encourage social media sharing of posts. You can sign up to join for free and I will make any joiner a member to enable sharing right away.
I was a featured blogger on Book Bloggers International. I had a lot of fun with the interview, so go over and check it out.
Audiobooks, who knew? I have been behind with my book club books, so I decided to try the free Audible month from Amazon and I did enjoy the two books I heard. I still like reading books way better, but I can see adding at least one audiobook book a month, especially for my book club books to keep caught up.
I was approached by an amazing author to provide a cover blurb for her next book *excuse me while I die*. I can’t say any more than that now but believe me, when I can tell you all about it I will.
I am finalizing plans for my one year blogiversary in April. I have some great guest posts lined up, there will be giveaways aplenty and lots of fun stuff going on. Come back on April 1st for more information.
I actually read both of my March book club books and finished my remaining February book thanks to audio books and having read Clockwork Angel when it came out (I did not re-read it as a friend has my whole series, but have read it before). You can check out my review of I Am Malala, and my review of The Martian will come in the next few weeks. I am lucky as I have already read both of my book clubs April picks. I have reviewed Beautiful Affliction before, and will post a review of All the Bright Places in May.
I saved the best for last as it is technically not for this month, but I bought the tickets in March, so… I am going to BEA!!!!
I know right. It just happened on the 28th and I am still not convinced it is real. A totally crazy random series of events happened, (I won plane tickets in a drawing, we owed the IRS less than we thought, the hubs was able to switch vacation with another co-worker, etc.) and we are flying to Chicago for the week to take a long overdue vacation just the two of us. Hotel reservation is made, Cubs tickets have been purchased and BEA passes were bought. Let me know if you are going so I make sure I say hi!
Author Tuesday is probably the thing I like most about having a book review site. I get to interact with some great authors and help others find out more about them. In March I was lucky enough to host Sarah J. Schmitt author of It’s a Wonderful Death on March 1, 2016, March 15, 2016 Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa authors of Copygirl and on March 29, 2016 Gareth P. Jones author of No True Echo.
United States of Books for March
- [7 Mar] United States of Books – True Grit by Charles Portis
- [14 Mar] United States of Books – The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
- [21 Mar] United States of Books – A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
- [28 Mar] United States of Books – The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Saturday Soapbox posts for March
- [12 Mar] Saturday Soapbox – Just Stop It
- [19 Mar] Saturday Soapbox – Why I Read – Part 1
- [26 Mar] Saturday Soapbox – Why I Read – Part 2
My most anticipated April releases.
I have thirty reviews scheduled for April. There are a lot of amazing sounding April releases and I wanted to have a busy month for my blogiversary. I also received five books I had wished for on Netgalley that I had not planned for, so that equaled a very full month. Here is a sneak peek at some of the books to be reviewed in April.
You can check out the rest of my March happenings below.
- [5 Mar] Weekly Wrap-Up – March 5, 2016
- [12 Mar] Weekly Wrap-Up – March 12, 2016
- [19 Mar] Weekly Wrap-Up – March 19, 2016
- [26 Mar] Weekly Wrap-Up – March 26, 2016
My March Top Ten Tuesdays
- [7 Mar] Top Ten Tuesday – Character Love?
- [14 Mar] Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books On My Spring TBR
- [21 Mar] Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough
- [28 Mar] Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently
My March Waiting on Wednesdays
- [1 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – The Angels’ Share
- [8 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – Dragonmark
- [15 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – The Flame Never Dies
- [22 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – Falling
- [29 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – A Change of Heart
So how was your bookish month?